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|Title||Bethel Yearbook 1916|
|Alternative Title||Acorn 1916|
|Academic Year||1915 - 1916|
Bethel Academy (Saint Paul, Minn.)
|Description||This volume documents the people, events, activities and ideas of the Bethel community during the 1915 - 1916 school year|
|Digital Publisher||Bethel University Digital Library|
|Contributors||Edith Swanson '16 Associate Editor; G. A. Gustayson '18.. Bus. and Adv. Mgr.; Alex Rexion '16, Asst. Bus. and Adv. Mgr.; Alfred Dahlquist '18..Circulation Mgr.; Dr. G. A. Hagstrom....Presidents Corner; Gunhild Hagstrom Alumni; G. S. terykiiiid '16 Swedish Dept.; Alex Rexion '16 Religious Dept.; Robert Anderson '16 Athletics; Mamie Tanquist '16 Society Notes; Elmer Turnblom '16 Exchanges; Personals: Fred Moberg '17, Victor Bergfalk '16, Rose Norastrom '17|
|Digital Collection||Bethel Yearbook Collection (1909-1989)|
|Time Span of Publication||Published annually from 1909 to 1989 except for the years of 1933-36, 1982, 1984-87|
|Original Publisher||Bethel Academy|
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LITERARY DEPARTMENT— Page
Five Pointed Program 9
CLASS HISTORY 11
ACORN STAFF 19
Signs of Life 13
New Staff 2
CLASS POEM 1
The Parting Word 14
GRADUATING CLASS 1916
The Seer's Dream 13;
RELIGIOUS DEPARTMENT 1)
Alpha Beta 21
och Aterfunnen 23
Tragen Vinner 24
VOL VIII MAY 1916 No 8
The innocent June moon was peeping
down upon the tranquil surface of old
Lake Erie. Enthusiastic rowers were
everywhere enjoying the serenity of the
ideal night. Even Gus. and Amy had
ventured out, and were likewise either
dreamingly drifting with the invisible cur-rent
or silently sailing thru the dark
waters under the steady dip of the oar.
"Oh! how beautiful!" remarked Amy.
"Never in all my life have I seen or ex-perienced
anything like this. It is certain-ly
A contemporaneous scene was being in-augurated
in the nearby office of the Hig-gins
Coal Company, corner of St. Clair
Ave. and 55 St. "Well, I'll tell you, Bill,"
said Jack, upon observing that Mr. Higgins
had left the office; for at times the pro-prietor
would depart and leave the place
in care of subordinates. "I'll tell you," he
repeated with increased emphasis, I've
made up my mind to get Amy Appel at
an7 price. There's got to be some way
out of it. But the question is how to get
there. You see. at the present time Gus.
and I are on an equal footing as concerns
or r relation to her."
"i've got you," broke in Bill. "Now let
Thrusting the left hand up under
his cap and running his long fingers thru
his dark hair, at the same time throwin:;
up his feet on the large desk right in frcnt
of him, Bill assumed a very deliberatin,4
position and silently indulged in thot for
a moment or two. All of a sudden the
hand was jerked from under the cap anll
down came his feet with a thud that re-sounded
thru the entire room. "Here's a
plan!" he yelled. "Here it is!"
"Tell me, Bill, what is it?" demandel
"Now you know that Amy's a pretty
good friend of mine, and that she lives a
few doors from me."
"Yes, I know that," answered Jack, "but
"I was going to say that some time ago
I saw Gus. coming out of a pool-room on
Superior Ave. It is one of the worst
places down town. Now if Amy knew this
he'd get canned right away. I will tell
her about it the very next time I see her.
She always listens to me; and here is
where I can help you, I'm sure."
"That sounds pretty good, Bill. I hope
you can work it out. I know she con-siders
you a mighty fine fellow. What
you say will surely have a bearing."
ti THE ACORN THE ACORN
Presently the door opened and in stepped
Mr. Higgins. Jack and Bill thereupon left
the office, the former very much elated
over his friend's sage suggesticn.
The plan thus conceived, Bill set about
to put it into immediate' execution. He
knew that Friday morning would be a fine
time to meet Amy on the way to work; in
consequence of which he set out to get
in touch with her that morning. So when
the day arrived, it happened just as he
expected, for, as he was walking down the
avenue, he observed Amy coming. He
stopped a few moments and waited for
"Why good morning, Amy; how are you
today?" was Jack's early greeting.
"Good morning, Bill," came the response
from Amy. "You are on your way to work?
We shall then have company."
"Yes, I'm a little early this morning.
But my work at the office has so in-creased
of late that I can well afford to
get there a few minutes ahead of time."
"You are centainiy a worthy employe,"
demanded Amy. If they all were like
you, it would be well."
"Oh, that's nothing, Amy. They treat
me so fine at the office; and why
shouldn't I do my best for them once in
a while. But say, I have greetings to-you
from Gus. I met him on the street
"Oh, thank you very much," came the
reply, in a tone that obviously revealed a
pleasant relationship between her and Gus.
"He is certainly a fine fellow, all right.
I have always considered him as such."
"He is," came the answer. "I think he
is the dearest boy there is."
"But," retorted Bill; "let me tell you
something. I hope you will take it in the
right way, tho, for I only want to do that
which can be to your best."
"Go on, Bill, I know you always exer-cise
common sense and good judgment.
What you say can be relied upon."
"It is this way, Amy. I saw Gus, come
out of a pool-room down town some time
"What do you say!"
"Yes, I think it was on Tuesday eve-ning
two weeks ago, that I saw him."
"But can that be true!" came the
"It is true. Yet you don't have to be-lieve
me. But nevertheless; you want to
to careful. T• hink the matter over, and I
feel satisfied that you will decide to sever
your relationship with him."
"Now that is terrible!" broke in Amy.
"I never thot that of Gus. That is awful!
But here we are, Bill; I go this way.
"G ood- by e."
Their walk lasted but for a short dist-ance.
They had therefore not time to say
much; but enough was said.
— — —
That day was the most dreary one Amy
had spent for many months. Her hopes
regarding Gus. were entirely frustrated.
"Never dare I have anything serious to do
with anyone like that," thot Amy. "What
cannot pool-room visits develop into? The;
next step is the saloon, unless that awful
place has already been frequented. And
what will that lead to? To hell! No,
nothing more to do with Gus. I must
quit him; that is all there is to it; altho
I love him."
In the evening Amy stayed up later than
usual. She knew it would be difficult to
go to sleep should she retire. "So what's
the use of going to bed?" she thot. "I'll
take a look at these pictures again in-stead."
The pictures to whicll she allude) stood
on the oak-finished dresser. Each one
had a neat frame about itself which had
been placed there by the present owner.
It was her habit to take these into her
hands quite frequently, holding them many
minutes at a time; when she would gaze
upon one and then the other, and then
try to look on both at once, seemingly in
the endeavor of trying to discern some-thing,
well, it was hard to tell what. At
any rate it was obvious that her interest
was centered in both of them. I d3 not
mean the photographs but the persons whom
they represented. So this evening she only
repeated what she had done many times
before. But on this occasion as she stared
at the pictures, the expression in her face
was of a different character. Now her
countenance exhibited decision. She was
no longer deeply involved in both. The
one photograph received more attention
than the other. One was being slighted,
it seemed. "Yes," she remarked to her-self,
"after all I think Jack does look
better than Gus. I really never knew till
now how homely he was. How foolish
I've been all this time! Indeed, I'm glad
T. met Bill this morning. The information
he gave is invaluable. In fact I shall
write him this evening; the sooner the
better. I can't have one who visits pool-rooms.
Jack does not do that, for he be-longs
to church and attends quite regular-ly,
Gus. and Jack returned to the dresser,
Amy secured some paper and ink, and
sat down to send Gus. the message that
occupied her heart. She commenced to
write; but rose again and took Gus.'s
picture and placed it in the lowest drawer
of the dresser, where she evidently thot
it best to put him, having now fully de-cided
to sever all relations with him.
"Dear Gus.." she began, "you will be
somewhat surprised to receive this letter.
But I only wish to tell you that I'm pre-vented
from seeing you next Sunday. I
must go away. Then again, after serious
deliberation, I have come to the conclu-sion
that it is best for you and I to dis-continue
our present mutual relationship
and consider each other only as ordinary
friends. Now please do not ask why 1
have thus written. Let this suffice."
The letter settled the matter ; in conse-quence
of which the only present alter-native,
Jack, was chosen. He was thence-forth
to be hers; and from that moment
occupied her undivided concern. Gus., on
the other hand was obliged to content
himself with Amy's ultimatum. It was a
blow to him, but he said no more. Had
he known of Jack's intentions he would
doubtlessly have changed his course long
Once more the old lake appearel in its
Sunday raiment. Again the quiet waters
were thickly spotted with zealous sea rov-ers,
bubbling over with happiness in grati-tude
for the perfect day. This time, tho,
it was not the moon that shone down upon
them, but the glowing July sun in all its
warmth and radiance, contrasting itself
with the feW small clouds, far over near
the western horizon, which seemed arrayed
in mischievous apparel; and not Gus. and
Amy that were now trying to imbibe the
very quintessence of it all: it was Jack
and Amy that were the sole rulers of the
frail looking gray boat, which that moment
just missed the nose of a passing launch.
Gus. no longer affected to vibration the
chords of her heart. It was Jack who had
risen to the sovereign throne of her soul
and was that afternoon seeking to draw
closer the bands of mysterious love, and
imprison her frOm external forces of ob-trusive
influence. He it was who dipped
the oar as they bade farewell to the Gor-don
Park shore and glided swanlike thru
the calm waters and left the other en-thusiasts
in the rear. "Oh! how grand:"
she again remarked. "And you do row
so nicely, Jack. I only wish I also knew
how to row."
On they went into the thickest of soli-tude,—
the strange workings of magic love
in the hearts of two individuals who ap-parently
perceived nothing save each other.
Except for Amy, Jack would surely have
continued and .s.one still further; but she
reminded him that safety and caution were
things well worth their serious considera-tion,
and hence admonished him not to row
too far but set a goal; which advice fitted
in very well, for just then a clap of thun-der
greeted their pensiVe ears, frightening
Jack, it appeared, more than his friend.
"Now we'd better return," he hastily re-marked.
"We are pretty far from shore.
Let's start immediately."
Again it thundered. The clouds were
fast appearing. The sun disappeared. The
wind, a north-westerly, set up, growing in
volume and speed. The waves responded
to the command of the wind, getting chop-py,
and putting on their ghostlike white-caps.
It blew still worse: and the clouds
(Con. cn page 9.)
8 THE ACORN THE ACORN 9
tirtsident's Turner Niue tiointeb Program
G. „irvid Ha_estrom,
Jlfred J. Tringblade
Someone has said
that the figure "5"
has great fame in
history, It has been
pointed - out that
some of the greatest
events have taken
place in a year end-ing
in "5". sings
scientists and he-roes
have been born
or have died in a year ending with this
famed figure. .Bismark, Carlyle, Lincoln,
Bunker Hill, Waterloo and Magna Charta
may be cited as examples of this assertion.
The Northern Baptist Convention has ac-cepted
this fateful figure and adopted a
five year program which is _ inspiring this
great body to do even greater things for
the cause of Christ and His Kingdom. We
as a school could profit by this example
and set up a standard to inspire our ef-forts.
I was especially thinking of this
summer. Would it not be well for every
student to determine to carry out the fol-lowing
program during this vacation:
1) -Urge five worthy young people to
come to Bethel Academy next fall.
2) Attempt to impress upon at least five
persons the financial need of Bethel, with
the purpose of getting a subscription from
them, if possible.
3) Determine to get five new subscrip-tions
for the Acorn.
4) Boost for Bethel whenever you have
5) Last but not least, pray for our school
and its president, its teachers and students.
If we all carry out this program we would
next fall have a greater, better and more
v, i c Ty kr own Bethel.
Having returned from an extended tour (Contuned from page 7.)
of cur churches in the eastern portion of
our country, I am pleased to record that
in these thirty-six churches visited the
interest for Christian Education is on the
upward trend. The tour covered four
thousand and sixty (4,050) miles, and re-sulted
in a material encouragement finan-cially.
Among the 22 pastors who received
us, five were either alumni or formerly teach-ers
or students of Bethel Academy and
they all sent greetings: viz. Dr. G. A.
Gordh, Rev. M. Larson, 0. Okerlund, and
D. F. Nygren, A. Rendahi. A noted peda-gogue
ha3 said that education is the remov-al
of limitations. As the students go from
Bethel Academy now for the coming sea-son
and some for future years, we trust
that the process of the removal of limita-tions
17as begun in such a way as to prom-ise
a free and unobstructed path to suc-cess
and ha:)piness. These limitations are
physical, intellectual, social and spiritual;
and hence the work of education continues
This is therefore a commencement which
we now celebrate in more than an official
sense. It is a literal one also. May it be
the Commencement of which the good book
makes mention, which reminds us that "The
fear of the Lord is the beginning of wis-dom."
As the Bethel students go forth,
having now commenced work in the Nev,
Bethel, we sincerely trust that each will
commence to work harder for new students
and for more liberal support of the school,
and pray more earnestly for the welfare and
progress of each as well as for the school
as such. Trusting God for an answer to our
prayers we can rest assured that this com-mencement
season will mark distinct prog-ress
and go down into history as one of
the important events of Baptist History.
gathered at a terrific rate; the waters
faithfully obeying, and making it all the
while more difficult for Jack to gain prop-er
headway. But on he rowed heading for
the bath-house directly in front of him.
On he rowed, and on came the waves,
the wind, the rain. It was a terrible hour.
"What shall we do!" shouted Amy; "we
can never reach shore in this weather.
Now look! You are heading too far east!
Turn more to the south-west!" This he
did, pulling intensively on the right oar.
But that turn was a move in the wrong
moment, for a big wave simultaneously hit
the boat on the starboard side, and com-pletely
"Can you swim!" yelled Jack,
"A little!" came the faint answer, as the
struggling girl commenced to fight the
cruel wind and waves. Upon these words
Jack swam on letting Amy to herself.
It was a hard struggle for Amy. The
elements were against her. She could
never hold out in such a sea.
"Help ! Help!" she yelled. But the words
died away in the madly rustling wind.
Several waves dashed over her head;
but the meagre experience she had gained
during the few times she had been out bath-ing
helped her marvelously. Yet how
could there be any hope? The sea was
too strong. Her strength was giving way.
The angry deep would soon hold her in its
But a voice was heard! She looked! A
form was madly fighting its way toward
her. Under he went. Up popped the head
egain. Amy's strength increased. Hope
leaped in. bounds. But oh! what a battle!
"Grab the rope!" he yelled as he neared
the girl ; for he had a thick chord round
timt:elf in some way. "Don't get excited!"
10 THE ACORN
he shouted again. "We'll get to shore
Here comes the life boat! Hold en! It'll
socn be here!"
Every atom of his body was strained to
the highest pitch. He could never keep on
but a few moments with that double load.
But he fought tenaciously, knowing the
magnanimous purpose—the saving of a life
and at the risk of his own! Yet nobody
but a giant in physique and spirit would
dare out in such a sea. indeed, it was no
weakling that was there engaged in a
struggle for life with the insurmountable
enemy of the deep.
Nearer and nearer came the boat. Still
closer it moved. Out came a rope. The
swimmer grabbed it. They were pulled to
the vessel; dragged into it, and away the
* * *
"Where is the girl the life-savers res-cued?"
was the first question that issued
from the lips of the hero as he "came to."
"Oh, she is in the adjoining room," re-marked
a gentle voice under whose care
he had been placed. "But you are the
rescuer, not they. Had it not been for you
the girl would unquestionably have perished
in that dreadful sea. Now she's safe."
It was not long 'ere he forced himselt
to the room, designated by the kind guide,
where Amy was lying. She was yet weak
and unable to get up. As he entered he
observed that her eyes were closed, but
these opened upon hearing the sound of
"Oh Gus.!" she burst forth. "Is it you!
Was it you that saved my life! Was it
you that risked yours to save me!"
The tears began to roll down her cheeks.
She was unable to understand it: that Gus.
should save her. Yet the solution was
simple. At the time the storm came up
Gus. had been out bathing and remained
in the lake longer than the others despite
the rain and wind and the rest. Upon
noticing the disastrous occurrance he had
immediately set out from shore and made
one terrific dash for something he knew
he must get.
"Don't cry. You're safe now," he broke
in as he drew the chair to her side and
looked into her tender but firm counten-ance.
"Don't cry now. Brace up just a
little. Everything is well."
So she did and wiped away the tears and
picked herself together to speak to Gus.
. "Where is Jack?" she interrogated at the
"That coward!" Gus. flashed. "He's safe
all right." And that was the only answer.
"How about that letter? Why did I
send it! why did I send it! Bill told me
you were frequenting pool-rooms; that he
had seen you. How foolish I was any-way!"
"Yes I did, Amy, and I do. I was only
distributing some religious tracts. Do you
"Yes, yes, I do, Gus. I see thru it now,"
she sobbed. Jack and Bill have deceived
me. They have lied. I see it. Oh Gus.,
will you forgive me! Will you forgive
"That's all right, dear. There is nothing
to forgive. Yes, everything and anything.
But, Amy, are you mine? I love you."
There was no audible reply. The
anabasis was over. Let us leave them.
Why stand there! They want each other.
The world has no right to disttub.
Esther Nelson :—Bleltinge Lan, Sweden,
is a very small province, located in the
south-eastern corner of Sweden. Although
it is a small province, it has become a
very important factor in civilization, be-cause,
it was in this insignficant state that
our heroine, Esther Nelson, was born, some
time during the nineteenth century. As
she grew up she felt crowded in that small
province and decided to go to a place
where she could expand her lungs and
breathe freely. Naturally the little "three
year old" chose North America as her
destiny, and Minnesota became her home
state. At the age of eight years she began
school. At the age of eleven she again
felt cramped among the skyscrapers of
Minneapolis, so she decided that the coun-try
was the place for her. Accordingly
she moved with her parents, to Princeton,
Minn., where she completed her graded
school work. At the age of seventeen she
thought she was big enough to paddle her
own canoe. She began on the very first
round of the ladder called "Labor," and
kept climbing the rugged stairway of
hard word and sacrifice, until she landed
finally on the platform of "Bethel Academy."
She chose as her motto (and lives it),
"Deeds not words"; her favorite study is
"Latin"; her flower, Lily of the Valley."
Elmer Turnblom:—During the very cold-est
season of the year 1897, the cold breez-es
around Trade Lake, Wis., were warmed
because a little redheaded boy revealed
his smiling physiognomy to the neighbor-hood.
It was no other than Elmer Turn-blom.
A little while after Elmer appeared,
the snow began to melt, the ice broke up,
the lawns turned green and the trees
sprouted; by the latter part of May every-thing
was green and the atmosphere was
very pleasing. As Elmer grew up, his par-ents
soon realized that in order to 'make
Elmer a man they must give him at least
a little education. Therefore, he was
latinched on his educational career. He
graduated from the grade school, but he
was, not satisfied with this mere taste of
learning, but desired to get a better and a
broader view of life, and in the fall of
1912 he entered the high school at Grants-burg,
Wis., where he finished the fresh-man
year. His parents moved to St.
Paul. Shortly after their departure Elmer
was stricken by a siege of "homesickness"
and the doctors told him his only hope of
recovery lay in his following his parents
to St. Paul. Here he came in contact with
Bethel Academy and entered as a student
the fall of 1913. This was a very wise,
also a very important step in Elmer's life.
After all Elmer has turned out to be a
very brilliant student. If that is due to
Bethel Academy or to Elmer remains yet
to be decided. His motto is,—"Only the
best is good enough." His favorite study,
—"English." His favorite flower,—"The
Edwin John Tanquist:—During the last
twenty-five years, Michigan has grown very
famous and has taken a very important
place among the States. When Edwin
Tanquist was asked the reason, he told
very frankly, that he was born at St.
Joseph, Mich., Aug. 16, 1891, in a beautiful
building located close to the shore of Lake
Michigan. This state, however, was not
to have the honor alone, for Minnesota de-sired
to share her glory. At the age of
six months he accompanied his parents
across the waters (Lake Michigan) to Min-nesota,
where they settled, a few miles
from Mankato. Ed was a very ambitious
boy and he realized at the early age of
seven that he had too much energy; so he
began to work on a farm. He soon real-ized,
however, that farming alone, would
not open up the life's path he wished to
tread, so he began school. In the fall of
1910 he entered Mankato Commercial Col-lege
and comuleted the course in the spring
of 1911. Now, when our hero had prepared
(Continued on page 16)
Cora S. Walter
Entered as second class matter October 20th, 1909, at the Post Office of St. Paul,
Minn., under the Act of March 3rd, 1879.
Subscription Price, SOc par Year
All articles contributed to the Literary Department should be addressed to theEditor-in-Chief,
and all business commu.—ations to the Business Manager, Bethel Academy St. Paul, Minn.
Victor Larson '16 Editor-in-Chief
Edith Swanson '16 Associate Editor
G. A. Gustayson '18. . Bus. and Adv. Mgr.
Alex Rexion '16, Asst. Bus. and Adv. Mgr.
Alfred Dahlquist '18. .Circulation Mgr.
Dr. G. A. Hagstrom.. ..Presidents Corner Gunhild Hagstrom Alumni
G. S. terykiiiid '16 Swedish Dept. Alex Rexion '16 Religious Dept.
Robert Anderson '16 Athletics Fred Moberg 17'
Mamie Tanquist '16 Society Notes Victor Bergfalk 16'
Rose Norastrom '17
Elmer Turnblom '16 Exchanges
If there is life there is motion and
growth. Life tends to build up and ex
pand. Death tends to tear down and
Signs of Life. Bethel has grown and ex-panded
the last years at a
tremendous rate, which shows forth great
evidence of life. Since last September we
have been guests at Seminary Hall, but we
are now glad to be in our own home. It
is a beautiful structure and convenient in
all ways. It is a building of which the
Swedish Baptists of America can be proud.
We do not now need any more floor
space, but next fall we will be in need of a
great increase of the student body.
We hope the students as well as our sub-scribers
will boost for Bethel in trying to
get new students. Don't forget to boost!
Commencement seems to be, at the first
glance, a queer name for the exercises
when diplomas or degrees are conferred by
a high school, college or
Commencement. university. We think of
freshmen days as being
the beginning, and the senior days as the
ending of our school career.
But when we take a view of life as a
whole and notice what part the scholastic
days play in our life's drama, commence-ment
will have a greater and a more signi-ficant
meaning than ever before.
The school is only a place of prepared-ness
for the life which lies before us. When
we leave the school books, we begin to
grapple with life's battles and difficulties.
Our school days, at times, seem hard and
(Continued on page 27.)
14 THE ACORN
To-night as I sit a-dreaming,
And gazing toward the sky,
There comes to my mind a vision,
Of days that have gone by.
A group of youthful faces,
The year of nineteen sixteen,
My own class-mates I see.
First comes our vigorous leader,
And "Acorn" editor too,
By courage and faith he conquers,
Vic. Larson—our president true.
Next comes a new faculty member,
Our good critic, G. S. Fryklind;
With him I see Fred Norling,
Who thru work is going to win.
A dark-eyed maiden now I see,
'Tis studious Carola Morin.
And Ida Erickson also comes,
Who never idle is seen.
Next on the firing line appears,
Our English star—Turnblom.
A prophet is succeeding him,-
'Tis Alex Rexion.
But stay, who're those that next I see,
So happily smiling and calm?
Oh! it must . be Lydia Franson,
And also Signa Palm.
Carl Dahlstrom was our Socrates,
He shone in Swedish class.
Longed for Future bath been conquered,
Present's here victorious ;
Bethel Senior, greet him!
Yonder lies in realms unknown a
Goal which life laborious
Brings to God-lige seekers.
Strive for that, beloved classmate;
Fight for this so glorious!
Die if need be struggling!
Vic. Bergfalk, always boosting,
Once loved a freshman lass.
Small parcels hold much learning,
'Tis so with Leonard Westman;
And ever for knowledge yearning,
Is Josephine Anderson.
Mamie Tanquist--one of the smart set,
Never satisfied to quit,
A brother has she named Edwin,—
e studies that he may assist.
A German maid is Cora Walter,
She is renowned for sympathy;
With her comes our Esther Nelson,
So true-blue and motherly,
A modest young man is Sam Smith,
He is seldom known to smile;
Though our little sunbeam Lila,
Is cheerfully smiling the while.
Bob Anderson is last, not least;
His voice o'erwhelmes us all.
Then ended my memorial vision,
Of those known at Bethel Hall.
Dear classmates, stick to our motto,
And always higher aim!
With "Excelsior" ever before us,
We surely shall win the game.
As the light grows dim towards evening,
Hearts may cease to succor,
And remove to others.
Try not then, my noble friend, to
Seek in careworn pucker
Refuge from the breakers.
Flee the winds and make the Harbor!
There will He our Plucker
Keep thee safe, Excelsior.
Osborn Instance,—a veritable Parson,
In History is very fine.
"Preparedness," calls out Paul Larson,—
Nis face doth ever shine.
THE PARTING WORD.
THE ACORN 17
(iris fo s t g
(Continued from page 11)
himself, he wished to get into action. He
held several positions as . stenographer
and bookkeeper. Lately he has felt that
the world needs men to serve; and has
chosen as his motto,—"Study to Serve."
He is very much afraid of "hares" and
wishes to know when they are near, so he
has chosen for his flower,—"4larebell."
Bookkeeping did not agree with Mr. Tan-quist;
he therefore entered Bethel Academy
the fall of 1913.
Signa Palm:—In one of the most beauti-ful
spots in the Sunshine State, there was
a little girl born on the 23d day of June,
1897, close by a beautiful lake in the vicin-ity
of the city,—Lake Nordin. It is said
that as soon as she could see the beauties
of the surrounding country, that she decid-ed
to remain there the rest of her life.
So far she has been true to her word and
says, she will not change her mind until
someone changes it for her. At the age
of six she had a feverish desire to get an
education. She graduated from the graded
school in 1912. The following year she
began high school work at Lake Nordin.
After three years of faithful study there,
she felt that an education is not complete
without a journey, so she went to the
state of Colorado and drank out of the
beautiful fountain of nature for a summer.
Homesickness, however, struck her, arm
she returned home. Having come home
she decided to complete her high school
work and went to a place where no one
ever gets homesick or lonesome, namely,
"Bethel." Her motto expresses her dom-inating
characteristic,—"Do your best!"
Her favorite flower is the "American Beau-ty,"
and her favorite study, "Swedish."
Gustav Sanfrid Fryklind:—There is an
old saying that Big things come in Small
packages. This saying we truly can apply
to Mr. • Fryklind. It is difficult for Mr.
Fryklind to remember the date of his birth,
but it was sometime in the year 1887, in
Forserun, Smaland, Sweden. After finish-ing
the "Folkskola" he became very pat-riotic
as all Swedes do; he enlisted in the
navy at the very early age of fifteen. But.,
after having drifted back and forth on tIle
restless billows for two years, he made a
final "drift" to the great land in the west,
where he spent five years in Texas. While
here his eyes were opened to the great
need of the world. Thinking that his life's
call was to make the world better, he en-tered
the Swedish Seminary, then locateu
at Morgan Park, Chicago. He graduated
in the spring of 1914. After having served
a few stations as pastor, he felt the need
of a high school course. His insight led
him to Bethel Academy. Here he became
a very distinguished personality; faculty
and students alike respected him. This
feeling grew stronger and stronger until
the faculty felt they must make him one
of their number. He is now teaching
Freshman Swedish. His patriotism will
not be kept in the background, which is
shown in the choosing of his flower the
"Linnia.." There is another adage, "A
Smalanning can make a living in a rock-pile."
Therefore, Fryklind shouts with the
great philosopher, Socrates, "Be Thyself!"
Mayme Tanquist:—In the city Beautiful,
in the state of Somewhere, there came a
stranger on the 9th day of Feb., 1893, who
brought a furious snowstorm and the cold-est
of weather, which seems still to be
her hobby. The first thing she did upon
her arrival, was to sing a solo, which ter-rified
her brothers to such an extent that
they threw up their hands and exclaimed,
terror stricken,' ,Ma!• M• • a! ! Ma! ! ! hence
her name 'Mande." She began as a little
Child 1,6 philbsopliiie,' -upOiC the question,
"Life and Death." When/ she found she
could not solve it herself she decided to
enter the public school. After spending
several years at the public school in her
city, Mankato, Minn., she graduated with
her question still unsolved. The mysteries
of death still gnawed at her, until finally
she felt she must come to Bethel. While
here she has studied at a furious rate, still
looking for the problem ot death to unfold
itself unto her. She has resolved to fly
high, which is proven by her motto, "Hitch
your wagon to a star." Her favorite flow-er
is, "The American Beauty."
Lila Stonestrom:—One beautiful March
morning in 1897 the farmers around Dalbo,
Minn., were happy because the day was
very sunny. Every farmer went to his
work with a singing heart; the milkmaid
sang her old favorite song as the streams
of milk struck the bottom of her pail; and
the birds began to sing a new song of life.
What had happened? The arrival of "Lit-tle
Sunbeam" had been announced. As lit-tle
Lila grew, she became the pet of her
home and the wonder of Dalbo; every little
while the neighbors heard her voice re-echo
through the valleys and woods of Dal-bo.
At the age of six she began to realize
that life was more than laughter and song;
she began the graded school which she
finished after eight years of hard work. In
1912 she again realized the seriousness of
life and steered straight for Bethel Aca-demy,
where she has cheered many a down-hearted
friend with a happy smile. Her
favorite flower is "The Seven Sisters";
her motto,—"Cheerfulness"; her favorite
Victor Larson:—The people who lived in
the city of Ashland, Wis., on the 18th day
of Aug., 1891, heard the newsboys on the
street corners, cry out, "Extra! Extra!"
Everybody dug down into their pockets to
find a penny to buy a paper. In bold
headlines they saw, — "A wonderful boy
born in the suburbs of Ashland." He stayed
with his parents in Ashland until the age
of four years, when his parents moved out
on a farm, and the little dimpled darling,
Victor, had to follow along. The farm
agreed with him beautifully; here his life
unfolded itself as a bud unfolds itself into
full bloom. Victor has always had hard-ships
to put up with. When but five 3, ears
of age he walked three miles to school, but
his little legs seemed willing to carry him
on; in the year of 1906 he graduated from
the Highland public school. After having
spent a few years on the farm he felt that
farming was not his life's calling. He en-tered
Bethel Academy 1913 to prepare to
become a preacher. He has served the
church at Woodriver, Wis., as pastor for
two years. • Victor Larson is a lover of
the red, which is proven by his choice of
flower, "The Red Rose". His motto is,
"By Courage and Faith." He loves to study
science, because it makes him think. He
is the president of his class.
Edith Swanson:—No wonder at all, that
the greatest Catholic center in America
was alarmed at the news of the birth of
so great a Protestant and Suffragette as
was horn Nov. 6, 1897. She was born at
the conspicuous place Merriam Park, St.
Paul, Minn. In order to keep up the re-putation
of this park she decided to stay
there all her life. When she was grown
enough, so that her parents could trust.
her, they sent her to the graded school,
Longfellow, which she finished in eight
years. The fall after she graduated from
Longfellow, she entered Central High.
After two years there she felt the need of
coming to a school where she could get a
broader vision. Bethel Academy was her
choice, and became her favorite school.
Edith is a girl with an aim in life, which
fact is revealed in her motto, "Constancy
to Purpose." She loves friends, which is
proven by the choosing of her flower,
"Porget-me-not." Her favorite study is
Paul Larson frightened a stormy day in
March of 1896 by his sudden appearance
at Slayton, Minn. It was a pleasant sur-prise
to those that did not know him. He
grew up to become a- sturdy fellow. He
graduated from the Slayton public school
in 1910. His parents were not satisfied
that he should stop there, so they sent
him to the high school in the same city.
Here he spent two years. In the fall ot
1914 he anchored at Bethel Academy, where
he has made a good mark for himself. In
these days of disturbance he has become
obsessed by the spirit of preparedness.
His motto is, "Be prepared."
(Continued on page 27.)
H E ACORN 19
0.11r t,tr's Bream
When feet were bare and wore the tan,
And roguish fingers reigned as kings
In pantry, shelf, in jar and pan,
We often dreamed uncommon things.
Yea, still in slumbering hours, when night
Hath bade adieu to work and play,
Do dreams align 're morning light
Hath opened eyes another day.
And thus it was :—Around in circle large,
On starboard 'neath the heavens blue,
Were set alumni sage on Marge
Who talked of deeds both old and new.
Of these the first to speak was she
In whom there once grew blossomed hope
For heathen dead beyond the sea,
Which now lie withered,—Saph's her hope.
And next spake rip in basic tone,
A man that struggles alway crown
As victor-parson over drone
And bee in yonder village town.
Yes there, with help of earnest Sam,
Who serves in bar both Smile and Grin,
He seeks to plant a mighty Dam—
The Word—and stay the river Sin.
But then arose in modest guise
An Eric daughter true. She said:
"Praise God! He maketh pagan rise
To honor King who for us bled.
I've seen it done in Christless lands,
Where thickest darkness rules supreme."
Indeed, for such Excelsior hands
Let unfeigned thanks be sovereign theme.
A nudge sent Salus from his chair,
Exceeding glad to tell of souls
Redeemed and nursed by heavens care.
He with another hand enrolls
A program of stupendous size
For minds and bodies, sick and weak
Where India's garish sun doth rise—
Of May, her brother too, we speak.
"Let George embrace his royal throne,
Let Villhelm sway his "V aterland,"
Let Gustav chant his kingly groan,
Let Nordling boast of mighty nand
To rule as Croesus corn and swine; •
But I prefer ye molars tough to undermine
And Westman coffer richly fill."
A Bethel palm began to stir.
Beyond her soothing shade there rose
A rustic dwelling, all astir
With busy feet in nature's hose.
They laughed, they giggled ;on they went;
From morn till night their merry song
A helping hand the mother lent,
Tho often mischief rang the gong.
Again enthralled by human sound
I listened, heard, beheld a soul,
The pearl Montana Crows have found;
Which fraught with Light reflects the goal
To give our readers an idea of what the
students have been doing during the year
we here submit a summarized report. The
following students have preached one or
more times during the year: Victor Larson,
Linus Johnson, G. S. Fryklind, Axel Ander-son,
Fred Moberg, Arthur Nelson, Conrad
Carlson, Anton Sjolund, Geo. Ericson, Henry
Ackerlund, Carl Dahlstrom, Carl Bergman,
Gust Gustayson, Alex Hulbert, David Mo-berg,
A. Nelson and Mr. McKee. The fol-lowing
places have been visited in the in-terest
of Christian Endeavor: Anoka, Becker,
Cokato, Grove City, Sandy Lake, Grandy,
Barnum. Minn.; Mason, Wis.; Stanchfield,
K.elliher, Firman, Quiring, Foy, Battle Riv_
er, Red Wing, Evansville, Spencer Brook,
Alexandria, Minn.; St. Paul (First Swedish
;Baptist Church, Swed. Central, Bethany, Un-ion
Gospel Mission, Old Peoples' Home on
Pascal Ave., Bethel Auditorium, Seminary
Hall; Minneapolis, First Church, Bethel
Church, Elim, Scandinavian Mission) ; New
Brighton.; Oak Dale Chapel, St. Paul.
In heights eternal thru a night
Of death-like terror—Baal's den.
A hero true in vesture white!
An angel real for red-skinned men!
But hark! A strain so wondrous clear
Creeps o'er the magic evening sea.
It fills each crag with reverend fear
And seeks the ear of more than me ;
The minnow s cease their strife E nd
The bluebird hurries straight for home,
And brings her children far away
To hear the singer back from Rome.
Celestial airs in sinful world
A moment but are made to last.
Above their banners high unfurled
Shall be, and never leave the mast.
The farewell not sped quickly on,
Its fragrance scattered to the stars.
My dreams were o'er, they fled the dawn
To greet a day of Russian scars.
The above list does not include the many
that have been more or less active in other
lines of Christian work. Some have taught
Sunday school, others have been active in
singing. This latter remark refers to the
girls especially. •
The Sunday forenoon sessions around the
Word of God, our prayer meetings, which
have been conducted in cooperation with
the seminary, and the many Missionary
Band meetings that have been held here
and there in the Twin Titles. have all con-tributed
to make Bethel and the students
what they are. When we remind ourselves
that probably not SIX out of the entire body
of students are not professing Christians,
one gets an adequate conception of what
KIND of a school Bethel is. This fact is
worthy the serious contemplation of every
The systematic Bible reading scheme that
was adopted by the school some months
since, has been followed out to a "T."
During the summer months many of the
There sat content in quiet that
One nobly crowned in helmet red,��
By nature given him for nought—
Decreed to grow upon his head.
He hid his word in Bergfalk's blush,
Another friend of silent dreams.
So two maintained a brooding hush
And neither longed to speak, it seems.
The rushing waves of fleeting time
Roll on to peaceful quarters ;there
To roar, to crash in halls sublime
Foundations laid which dare not fare,
When welcome storms of home appear
And plans for teacher's rod excel
And open- way for crying fairies dear
In mother love—thou blessed dell!
Maternal realms of blissful joy
Enwrap the four whose names allure
No more the student eye. They toy
As Josie, Lila; and immure
With Lyda, Carol too, the gems
Of each respective little sphere.
But Cora, tho, great suffering stems
'Mang Hindoos whom her love doth rear.
Old Mantis wise, in knowledge masked
While others scorn the load to bare,
Came forward, bowed and asked—
His head adorned with curly - hair—
"Will ye a message fresh receive
From Alma Mater?" Words sped fast,
Their worthy mission to achieve
And told of Bethel present, past.
In preacher's coat and pants unpressed,
Stepped forth a wily Norway man.
Of cosy bower, blithely dressed
In summer green, more lovely than
His lips would tell, he tried to speak.
The talk was brief; he took his seat;
And up rose Paul in smiles unique-7-
The salesman's premium—all to greet.
The Religious Department
students will be out in the field more or
less. Those who plan to devote all of
their time in preaching are: Victor Larson ;
missionary in northern Mich., Alex Rexion,
Montrose, S. Dak., ',inns Johnson, St. Fran-cis
and Becker, Minn.; Geo. Ericson, Gran-dy;
Anton SjOlund, Sandy Lake; Axel An-derson,
Jesse Lake; and Arthur Nelson. Oak
Dale Chapel, St. Paul, where he has worked
the entire year.
Thunell '12 visi-ted
Cities and the
new Bethel Aca-demy
He gave a spicy
talk in chapel,
telling of his
work. Mr. Thun-ell
is an editor.
in Canada, and
has put forth a
HAGSTROM. against the liq-uor
interests thru the medium of his paper.
Dr. Jonas Alquist '11 is in the Twin Cities
visiting, and taking part in the Northern
Baptist Convention. Dr. Ahlquist appeared
before the convention as one of the new
foreign missionaries. He expects to sail
for Assam in the early part of the summer.
Miss. Judith Swanson '10 who, since her
graduation, has spent several years i n bible
study and in other preparation, expects to
go to the foreign field this summer.
Mr. Carl Tideman, of member of the first
graduating class of B. A., who finished his
work at Harvard two years ago, and who
has been pastor in Oakland, Neb., expects
to continue his studies for the ministry at
Newton Theo. Seminary.
Miss Ellen Gustafson '15, who is visiting
at her home in Penn., will return to Ham-line
University next fall.
Mr. Gustaf Hammar '15, was, on account
of illness, obliged to discontinue his col-lege
work. He has now recuperated, is
feeling fine, and expects to continue his
pre-medic study at Clark University.
Mr. Adolph Olson '10, who has been
carrying on, in connection with his other
work, a successful course at Macalester
College, will be graduated with highest hon-nors
this June. It seems that Macalester
College cannot speak too highly of this
representation of B. A.
Mr. Arthur Hedburg '12, according to the
news from the Far West, is making out a
successful career as "affars-man."
The Alumni Association are planning for
a sumptuous banquet to be held at the
Emporium Tea Rooms, St. Paul, on June 3
Judging from the work and forethot, this
is to be the "finest ever." And why not?
As we look back upon the work of the
Alpha Beta Literary Society during the
past year, we feel that our efforts have not
been in vain. We feel that this society is
"The Society of the School" and we have
all done our uttermost to make it thus.
It is through this society that we further
develop our intellectual abilities in liter-ary
work, parliamentary law, and public
speaking. The meetings have been well
attended and interesting programs have
been rendered. We wish to express our
most sincere appreciation to the Yount;
People societies of the different churches
for showing their interest in us by corn-ing
out to our meetings and also giving us
a fine "lunch."
The first meeting in our new building
was held May 6, 1916, when the girls de-clamatory
contest took place. The follow-ing
program was given
Vocal Solo--Miss Agnes Person.
The following members took part in the
English preliminary contest:
Clara Matson, Gerda Peterson, Anna Lar-son,
Margaret Ahlquist. Huldah Heglund,
Solo—Miss Agnes Person.
A meeting was called together May 17,
at 2 p. in., to elect officers for the next
school term. Those elected were as follows:
Gust Gustayson, President; Ruth John-son,
Vice Pres.; Grace Palmquist, Sec'y;
Gertrude Eckman, Vice Sec'y ; David Mo-berg,
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FoRLORAD OCH ATERFUNNEN.
22 THE ACORN
Vice sekreterare, Arthur Nelson.
KassOr, Hulda Heglund.
Pianist, Olive Johnson.
Ordningsman, Fred Moberg.
Vi tillonska dessa nya tjansteman tram-gang
i detta arbete, till beframjandet av
det svenska spraket ibland skolan.s elever.
The meetings held by the Athenaen Soci-ety,
as a whole, throughout the past year
have been very good. Nineteen new mem
bers have been received. We are glad to
see the society grow and look forward to
a still greater success in the future.
The open meeting which was held the
seventeenth of April was a grand success.
The handmade flowers, which covered the
walls in a beautiful scheme, showed the
pleasing taste and skill of the girls. The
doings of the evening were carried out in
banquet form. About a hundred and fifty
people were present and we feel sure that
this evening will not be forgotten very soon.
We are proud to state that this meeting was
the first to be held in our new academy
building. Delicious refreshments were serv-ed
at intervals, while the following inter-'
esting program was rendered:
Song—''The April Girl."—Girl's Quartette.
"Klinga, du kraftiga., ljufva och rena
sprak, med din malmklang i tal och
Under aret har den svenska litterdra fbr-eningen
Svea fyllt en betydelsefull plats
inom vart laroverk. Manga larorika, mOten
hava hallits, da det svenska spraket har
anvants. PA sa sett uppehalles svenskhe-ten
ibland oss studenter. Ty det svenska
Words of Welcome—Edith Swanson.
Reading—"Characteristics of the Athen-a.
en Girls."—Agnita Suntelt.
Reading—"Y. W. C. A. Girls"
Reading—"The Famous Girls"
Recitation— "The Usual Way"
Pantomine—"The Most Popular Girl"
A beautiful cameo brooch was presented
to Miss Freda Swenson by students, alum-ni
and faculty of Bethel Academy in ap-preciation
of her work for Bethel.
spraket dr ett heligt an/ ifran vara forfa-der,
och vi fd ej vanvarda, utan bora bru-ha
och fOrkovra detta ary.
Vid vart sista mote invaldes tOljande
tjansteman for Mista dr:
Ordforande, George Erickson.
Vice ordfOrande, Henry Ackerlund.
Sekreterare, Esther Tanquist.
Pa en viss plats i Sverige bodde en fa-milj.
De voro unga och hade det sasom
ett litet paradis.
De hade even en liten son pa fyra eller
fem är, vilken var hemmets frojd och glad-je.
De voro fiskare till yrket och hade god
fortjanst under sommaren. Den lille gos-sen
bad ofta, att han skulle fa folja med
dem, da de foro ut - for att satta sina mit,
men de ville icke taga honom med av
rddsla, att nagot skulle handa honom.
En dag tick mannen ett brev med on-skan,
att han skulle mota nagra fiskare
for att avgOra en viktig salt. Han hadr.,,
att ro Over en ganska stor sjo for att korn-ma
till den bestamda platsen. Det var vac-kert
vader, och den lille gossen var genast
framme med onskan om att fa fOlja, med.
Han tvattades och pakladdes de basta kla-derna
och var sa fardig.
Modern tog den lille i famn, gav honom
en varm kyss, samt bad Gud valsigna 110-
De foro Over, och farden gick utmarkt.
Pa aftonen var motet Over, och efter att
de blivit bjudna pa forfriskningar, gavo de
sig av pa hemfarden.
Vddret hade emellertid skiftat om, och
det blaste i tillta.gande kraft. Fadern rod-de
med fOrtvivlade a,nstrangningar for att
na hemmet, men det syntes ej hjalpa na
Gossen grat och ropade, och vattnet yrde
hogt Over baten. De blevo genomvata, och
den lille bade fit's, grat och ropade dess
Efter en valdig strid och ett styvt arbete
blev fadern sa trOtt, att han ej formadde
balla baten upp mot vagorna, utan den lade
till langsidan och kantrade.
De kommo bada i vattnet, och som det
var fOr morkt att se nagot, fOrlorade fadern
sin gosse i vagorna.
Det lyckades fadern att fa tag pa baten,
som lag upp- och nedvand, och han kroP
upp pa dess kOl. Just Mir han bade kom-mit
pa baten, horde han sin gosse
ropa: "Pappa!" Han slot genast av sig
rocken och kastade sig i vattnet mot det
hall, fran hvilket han horde ropet.
Av och an simmade ban utan att varken
se eller hOra nagot mer av sin son. Vin-den
och vagorna drevo baten langre ocii
langre bort, och han bade darfor att skyn-da
tillbaka fOr att radda sig sjalv. Han
tick da tag pa baten och kom Ater upp pa
Nu lyssnade han efter nagot IPA, men
forgives. I fortvivlan kastade han sig pa
nytt i vattnet, och derma gang skulle han
sjaly ha drunknat, om icke en angbat korn-mit,
som han i sin nod ropade pa. De vo-ro
villiga att hjalpa honom.
Efter en stunds stikande maste de giva
upp fOrsoket om gossens raddning. Man-nen
bade nu att Minna det hela och foljde
D. Aspass, Center; V. Bergfalk, Sul);
A. Dahlryuist, Forward: E. Swanson, Coach.
S. Olson, L,'orward.
M. Ackerstrom, Guard; P. Jacobson, Guard.
94 THE ACORN THE ACORN 25
med oaten till nasta landstigningsplats.
Alanga hade, of de nodrop de hOrt, samlats
och vantade att hora utgangen.
Fadern stalde emellertid sin fard mot
hemmet, ej "vetande v ad han skulle svara
Den nya pastorn -:hade kommit till byn.
Han var en snail och Gud hangiven man;
och hans stOrsta intrAsse" var att vinna sja-lar
for Herren: Kyrkan,' som han nu stud
fardig att upptaga arbetet uti, var till en
del forfallen. En del - av b. a-- nkarna voro
trasiga, givande ett tydligt tecken pa att
en slapphet, angaende det -som • tillhOrde
Cud och Hans verksamhet, var radande
ibland folket. Damm och smuts fahn -s dar
i myckenhet,:i— och deti sag ganska trhkigt
ut for den.: nykordne paStOrn.
Men ban var icke en man, som lat .sma-saker
hindra sig.. Han fick nagra forsard
lingsbor att hjalpa sig iordningstalla kyr-kan
for den tillstundande sondagen. Snart
had e de kyrkan rengjord, sa att nar folket
kom till kyrkan pa sondagen, behovde de
icke fa, damm pa sina Mader, nar de satte
sig pa bankarna.
SOndagen - kom, da han skulle predika for
forsta ga' ngen dar ph platsen. Det var
icke mycket folk fOrsainlade, for Over hu-
The 1915-16 school year has now neared
its close, as we look back over the dif-ferent
athletic achievments of which we
have been partakers, we can say that, un-der
the circumstances, we have made a
successful year of it.
We feel rather sorry that the new gym
wasn't ready at the beginning of the basket
ball season, yet we were fortunate in using
the seminary gym although it is very small.
Bethel has been very fortunate in secur-
En stand efterat bievo de sorjande sa
mycket mer overraskade, ty en - man kom
in ledande deras son i sin hand.
En annan bat hade namligen raddat ho-nom.
Och sa forbyttes sorgen till gladje z
det treviia hemmet.
vud taget voro de icke mycket evangeliskt
sinnade i byn. Han predikade den ena
sondagen efter den andra, men folket syn-tes
icke bliva mycket tilltalade daray. Det
sag mOrkt ut for honour, och han var na-stan
fardig att giva upp alit hopp. Men
han horn da, till den slutsatsen att halla
ut en tid annu, kanhanda kunde det vara
att folket skulle bliva intresserade
Nar han bade predikat nara ett pelt ar,
..bOrjade en vandning bliva fOrnimbar ibland
folket. Den ena syndaren efter den andra
vaknade till insikt om sin farliga stallning,
och en stor vackelse agde rum. Forsam-lingen
forokades och blev stor. En stor ny
kyrka byggdes, .som gay sittplatser at fyra
hundra personer. Pastorn var nu glad,
att han hade hardat ut under den iskalla
nadatiden, och att han hade varit trogen,
da alit syntes ga trogt och besvarligt; och
han fick &armed lara sig den. sanningen:
ing as basket ball coach Mr. Eslie Swan-son,
from St. Paul. Mr. Swanson is a
good man for the position and, from the
very few boys that he had to choose from,
he has succeeded in making a good team.
Although the team has lost some of the
games played, they have gotten the right
spirit and have fought the game to the
It is the wish of all the boys to have Mr.
Swanson with us next year and we tee!
confident that, with a new gym and better
quarters, a better team will be developed.
Rurrah for the girls! They were the
first team to initiate the new gym when
on the evening of Mar. 6 they defeated the
iris basket ball team from Bethel Church,
S. E. Minneapolis. Although at the end
of the first half the odds stood against our
girls, we were glad when the dust settled
and found the score 20-12 in favor of
Bethel Academy girls. The girls played a
c!ean game thruout the entire game. It
was the right way to open the new gym
and we hope that in the future it will be
'-the same. Miss' Nordin has coached the
girls and no doubt will be along next year,
as they all hope.
Baseball has been a success this season.
The boys of Bethel decided to go into a
joint team together with the Seminary and
call it the Bethel team. Three needy men
were secured from the seminary, whereas
the remaining six were from the Academy.
Only two games have been played up to the
Av Conrad Carlson.
%IP * 4 A w.a
GIRL'S BASKET BALL TEAM.
Top row: Clara Mattson; Carol Morin; Miss Nordin, Coach; Lila Stone-strom;
Bottom row: Hazel Paulson; Rose Nordstrom; Esther Olander, Captain;
BETHEL ACADEMY. AND SEMINARY BASE BALL TEAM.
Top: A. Nelson, C. F.; A. Sjolund, 1 B.: S. Olson, L. F.; A. Anderson, R. F.
Bottoln row: Dr. Sandell; A.. Bellstroin, P.; A. Dahlquist, 2 B.; J. Johnson,
3 13.; H. Bjork, C.; R. Anderson, S. S.; Prot. A, J. Wingblade,
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publication of this issue, but several games
have been put off on account of rain.
Bethel 14 — St. Paul College 4.
The first game of the season was played
on May 6 at Como against St. P. C. A
good crowd was present and showed a
great deal of spirit. Arthur Belstrom was
in the box and he proved too good a man
for the other side. St. P. C. was forced to
use two pitchers and yet could not stop the
heavy hitting done by our boys. Both
teams played a clean game but the Bethel
proved too strong and fast a team for St.
trying and we are often tempted to throw
our books and give it up. But by the en-couraging
words from those who have gone
before and conquered, and by words of re-gret
from those who gave it up before they
had finished, we are spurred to go on and
make the goal.
When we leave school we step into the
great realms of service. It is no longer
a life of mere receiving but of giving,
sacrificing our life, strength and energy to
Seniors, we are ready to commence a
new period and turn a new leaf in life's
great book. Let us keep such record that
on the last great commencement, when
we step into the realms of life evedlasting,
of Which this life is a place of prepared-ness,
we can look back upon it with joy.
The present Acorn staff wishes to ex-press
their appreciation to the faculty and
Bethel 15 — Minnehaha Academy 14.
On the following Monday our boys hit
it for S. E. Minneapolis and added another
victory to our credit by defeating the M. A.
team. This team proved to be more of a
match than the one played Saturday be-fore.
The wind was very strong and it
was almost impossible to do any fielding.
John Johnson pitched good ball, getting
Tennis has been scarce this spring yet
one can see boys and girls hunting up their
rachets and nets every day when there is
no rain. No courts are secured on our
grounds as yet but we are looking forward
to a large athletic field by next fall.
students for their cooperation i11
this year's Acorn a success
The New Staff W. hop 2. that our present
subscri'.;ers win Lot lo.g_t
the Acorn next year. We are sure the next
year's circulation manager will be glad to
hear from you: Address all your subscrip-tions
to the Acorn Circulation Manager,
Bethel Academy, St. Paul, Minn.
Our next year's staff is as follows:
Editor-in-chief Fred Moberg; Asso. edi-tor,
Agnetta Sundfelt; Swedish editor, Li-nus
Johnson; Bussines:! mgr., Alfred Dahl-us
Johnson; Business mgr., Arthur Nelson;
Cir. mgr., Edwin Tanquist; Religious Dept.,
Gust Gustafson; SOciety editor, Grace Palm_
quist; Athletics, Paul Jacobson; Personal
editors, Anna Larson, Esther Tanquist, Ger -
The present Acorn staff wish you the
best of success.
(Continued from page 13.)
(Continued from page 17.)
Alex Rexion:—John Alex Ericson wasan's reason or the Apostle Paul's reason
born at Worcester, Mass., Jan. 2, 1893. He's left for him to explain. As early as
was then called Ericson, but for excellentthe age of six months he was possessed of
reasons of his own, he has changed histhe spirit of navigation and sailed across
name to Rexion; whether he has a wom-the ocean to Sweden. But the beautiful
28 THE ACORN
land of the midnight sun did not have
room for this ambitious personality ; he
returned at the age of seven years to Charles-ton,
W Va., where he began to drink out
of the fountain of . education. The follow-ing
year he moved to Cleveland, 0., where
he emptied the fountains of learning. Dur-ing
his school career he irritated the. pe-destrians
on the street corners by his
shrill cry, ".Paper, sir ? Paper!" As he
developed into maturity he chose as his
life's calling, preaching. He entered the
Swedish Seminary, then at Morgan Park,
Chicago, in the fall of 1912. After having
spent one year there he realized his need
of a high school education. His flower is
the "Indian Paint Brush"; his favorite
study, "Zoology"; his ambition and motto
goes up in one word, "Russia."
Carl Eric Gustav Dahlstrom:—The great
city of Stockholm, Sweden, was disturbed
one morning in the first part of the 19th
century, by the ringing of all the church
bells. When the cause of the agitation
was found, it revealed itself to be the
mere birth of our hero Carl Dahlstrom.
At the age of eleven he lost his parents.
After a few years of ups and downs he
wanted to go to that great land where
there is no king and no cranky preachers.
Having been in America a few years I°
was advised to enter Brandon College.
After one year at Brandon he had received
enough of the school spirit to enter Bethel
Academy. Mr. Dahlstrom is preparing to
become a doctor-preacher. He says that
deeds are not always visible to the human
eyes, which is proven by his motto, "God
sees all thy deeds when nobody else
does." His flower, “Linnea Borealis." His
favorite study is not medicine, but the
Ida Ericson, who was born May 9, 1894,
in the woods of West Rock, Minn., is a
person whose life history is a very short
one, which is very natural, for she is not
yet very old. She, as all the rest of the
Senior class, is a very ambitious person.
She began to thirst for an education at a
very early age. Being a good scholar she
graduated early from the graded school.
After having finished the grades she at-tended
Business College. But life became
too monotonous and she decided to mole to
Topeka, Kansas, in 1910. Now the life
strings began to vibrate with sympathy
for the needful world and she could no
longer restrain h.er ambition. She became
a stenographer for a year, but she felt the
need of a better education and returned
to Minnesota in the fall of 1913 to attend
Bethel. Her favorite study is "Swedish.'
C. Robert Anderson was born at Red
Wing, Minn., Nov. 9, 1896. Since then he
has been traveling all over the state of
Minnesota, because of the honor of being
a preacher's son. His first move was made
when he was about six months old to
Lanthrop, Minn. Here he remained long
enough to enter the public school. But he
had hardly begun when he had to pull up
stakes and move to Alexandria, where he
finished the graded school. During these
years of hard study and much worry, he
overworked his cranium so that he was
obliged to change his occupation and work
in a grocery store. After two and one-hail
years of experience as grocery clerk he
entered Bethel Academy as a freshman
the fall of 1913. During these years at
Bethel he has been persuaded to believe
that he has a voice for singing. • His aim
is to develop his musical talents so that
he may become a "professional" singer.
The "Lily of the Valley" is his favorite
flower ; "mathematics" his favorite study
and, because of his many trials in life, he
has chosen as his motto, "Climb though
the Rocks be Rugged."
Fred Norling:--On the 12th day of Dec.,
1895, Fred Norling was born, on a farm, at
Svea, Minn. After having been nursed
and cared for, for a period of eight years,
he was considered big enough to send to
school. At the age of fifteen he graduated
from the country school. When he had
graduated he felt the need of instruction
in farming. The result was a course In
the Minnesota State Agricultural School,
from which he graduated in 1914. In 1915
he again had a siege of studiousness and
came to Bethel. He is very neutral as to
his studies, therefore, he has no favorite
among them. His motto is, "Labor omnia
vincit" (Labor wins all things).
Carola Morin:--In the southern part of
Sweden there was a little girl born on the
26th day of Aug. 1896, in a city located on
the western shore called Helsingborg, Ska-ne,
Having seen the romantic waves of
the "Catigatt" she was overcome by a
longing to drift on the rough and yet in-viting
waves. She was not big enough
to have her own way, but was sent to
school, from which she graduated. Her
ambition grew day by day ; after finishing
the public school she went to a high school
at Malmo, at which place she also attended
a swimming-school. Imagine the joy in her
heart when her parents told her, her
dreams should be realized, that they were
about to move to America. Her love for
all that meant "education" was rekindled
when she reached America, and according-ly
she came to Bethel. Her motto is,
"Never give up"; her favorite flower, "The
American Beauty Rose."
Leonard Westman:—On the morning of
Dec. 13, 1896, the big brother at West-man's
on 2120 11th Ave. S.. Minneapolis,
Minn., was very disgusted because he
found, when he awakened, a little baby-brother
that Mr. Stork had brought. The
whole family was surprised to find such a.
Christmas present. In spite of the dis-advantage
of always being small for his
age, he soon "grew up" and was considered
big enough to go to school. He graduated
from Garfield public school in 1912. As he
was not satisfied with this mere introduc-tion
to education, he went to South High
for one and one-half years. After that he
was possessed of a spirit for business and
entered the American College of Minne-apolis.
After this business course he
came to Bethel Academy to finish his
high school work. His favorite ambition
is "talking", but his motto is, —calk less,
do more"; his favorite study is "Physics"
and his favorite flower the "Peony."
Samuel Smith:—The 28th day of Aug.,
1891, was a very important day for S wed-en,
because on that day there • was an
eclipse of the sun over all of Sweden, and
also, because of the fact that a sturdy
boy was presented to the great world
power of the North. As little Sam grew
up, his father's farm became too small, and
he gave his parents no peace until they
sent him to school. After a period of
seven years of school work he graduated
at the age of thirteen. Again he desired
to move on ; this time his aspirations were
America. Having come to America, he
heard of Minnesota, where so many "Dal-masar"
live, and decided to go there. The
need of further education was soon felt
and Bethel Academy became his next stop-ping
place. Mr. Smith has indulged in
many lines of work, such as carpentry,
rail-laying and now lastly as "bell-boy".
His favorite flower is the "American
Beauty". His motto, "He conquers who
thinks he can."
Victor E. Bergfalk:—Among the iron
mines of Northern Minnesota (Duluth) a
little boy, after wards called Victor Berg-falk,
was born on Oct. 19, 1897. When he
was ten months of age, his parents found
it necessary that they move to the "back
woods" of northern Wisconsin, where they
stayed for six years. Here little Victor
was kept in quietness, the nearest town be-ing
Grantsburg, twenty miles away. His
next move was to Mora, Minn., where he
began the graded school. But his school
work was interrupted by the restlessness
of our hero, for he next journeyed toward
the setting sun — a small city, Argyle, in
the Red River Valley. After this he moved
twice before he became a Senior. He
finished his graded school work at Grove
City, Minn., in 1911, after three years or
high school work. But, big birds cannot
develop in small cages; he came to Bethel
in the fall of 1915, where he has found
ample room to develop. His favorite study
is "Mathematics"; his flower is the "Hair-
Bell" and his motto is, "No palm without
the dust of labor."
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Lydia Fransen:—A11 Milaca was sum-moned
to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fran-sen
on the morning of Oct. 21, 1891, to see
the tiny "doll baby" Mr. Stork had brought
them, and to rejoice with them at so pre-cious
a gift. But Milaca was not long to
claim this child, which attracted E0 much
attention. One short year was the extent
of her stay there, when her parents
brought her to St. Paul. After a briet
stay they moved to Minneapolis. Here
Lydia decided she would make the most of
her opportunities, so she started to school.
After attending school here for a time,
her family again moved to St. Paul, where
she continued her studies. For Lydia re-solved
that if she could not become as
big in physical stature as some of her tall
friends, she would grow in knowledge and
in grace. So she continued her school
work at the Phalen Park graded school
until she graduated in 1912 and then came
to Bethel Academy the following fall. That
she has grown in grace is sanctioned by
her mother in the words of Shakespeare,
"Her voice was ever soft, gentle and low,
an excellent thing in woman." She has
chosen as her motto, "Speak less than
you know," and her favorite flower is
the "Sweet Pea."
Osborn I nstanes:—Among the wonders
of Norway is Osborn lnstanes, who was
born some time during the year one thou-sand
eight hundred and eighty eight (1888).
It is said that he is a natural born leader
and preacher, because, he is known to have
led all kinds of imaginary things, and to
have preached to all kinds of both living
and dead things, while still quite a young-ster.
When his wonderful faculties were
finally discovered, it was decided at once
that "our little Norwegian" must be given
a chance. How he spent the years be-tween
1888 and 1905 has not yet been
revealed to the world, and most likely will
he kept out of the annals of history for
generations to come. But some time dar-ing
1905 his rather solemn countenance
appeared at one of the seaports of this
our continent. Feeling his importance, as
a pastor, he made a thorough study of all
the country churches in the Middle West
aLd Canada. One day it was revealed to
instanes that his work was not as effective
as he wished it to be, so he immediately
sought for a place where he could stand
in order that he might move the world.
He went to the Swedish Theological Semi-nary
at Morgan Park, Chicago, but after
a year's search for it (the place. to stand)
in vain, he turned to Bethel Academy,
where he has searched three years. His
favorite study is "Moneyology"; his fav-orite
saying, "Be what thou art;" and his
favorite flower, the "Red Rose."
Josephine Anderson. On August 27, 1895,
a wee little girl whom they called Jose-phine
Anderson came to Dalbo, the prettiest
little girl Dalbo had ever seen, and the
most beautiful child born into the Anderson
family, her brother excepted. The neigh-boring
women could never agree who she
was like. Some said she was like father,
others said she was like mother. Since
then she has developed characteristics pe-culiarly
her own. She learned to know
father, mother, sister and brothers immedi-ately.
She took a particular liking to fath-er,
and there was nothing she so much en-joyed
as to make father go perambulating
with her after midnight. Her early educa-tion
she received in a rural school at Dal-bo.
There she received ambitions and de-sires
to do genuine mission work. Hence,
Dalbo was not big enough to satisfy her.
She then tried Bethel Academy. But her
ambitions soon went beyond Bethel Aca-demy
also, and after three years of hard
struggle she finally succeeded in convincing
the faculty that they had better let her
leave with the seniors of 1916. Josephine
is a modest little girl with a sweet disposi-tion,
a congenial nature, and a big smile for
everybody. Her motto: "Touch me not,"
is a phzzle and a cause of uneasiness to
many. It sounds not like a maxim but a
mandate. But she has always been a con-undrum
and to many it has been a delight
to try to discover the innermost secrets of
her heart. We take hope in the poet's say-ing:
Though I had sternly said him nay,
I feared, half hoped, that he would
But, if her motto is a mandate, her flow-er,
forget-me-not, indicating true love, is
a plea. She expects to devote her life to
real missionary work by nursing and car-ing
for the sick and afflirted, and peeling
Cora Walter became a contemporary of
Browning, Oct. 31, 1889, at Baraboo, Wis.
At the age of five Cora started school
in the first grade, graduating in two days.
In 1909 she learned the tailor's trade and
continuing in that line of work until 1912
Mr. Meredith, who besides being a stu-dent
at B. A. is a physical director at the
St. Paul Y. M. C. A., will leave with a
large following of St. Paul youths for the
camp at St. Croix, Wis. Mr. M. has been
an optimistic and inspiring student, and we
welcome him back next year.
Mr. McKee, who, tho he is a good Metho-dist,
dares to study at B. A. and who endur-ed
with great fortitude our "denominational
week," will spend the summer at Eden
Prairie, Minn., where he will be pastor. ,
It was a pleasing sight to see all the
chairs, tables, desks and electric machines
walking over to the new building on mov-ing
day, with a hundred students' legs for
support: It certainly was a "walk away."
A motion was made in chapel to thank all
who had taken part in the moving and
so every one shook hands with his neigh-bor.
she entered the Baptist Missionary Training
achool of Chicago. From this institution
she was graduated in 1914. Miss Walter
is one of our Student Volunteers, and is
planning for work in India. But before
going to the foreign field she thinks it
best to go to Des Moines, where her inter-est
will be consumed in further study of a
variegated nature. Her most immediate
ambition lies along the channel of "home
missionary" endeavor. We surely wish her
success in this struggle. Her favorite
flower is the violet and geography her
beloved subject; but her motto "Keep
What did the girls do on moving day Y
They scrubbed, washed the windows, made
Pres. Hagstrom has returned safely from
the East. He reports a most strenuous
trip. Read his article in "President's coi-ner."
Everyone enjoyed the first basket ball
game in the new gym. Lots of room to
breathe and shout and run. Now we'll al-ways
Let every B. A. student bring back next
fall five new students. Then we will re-place
at least in numbers, the large senior
class which goes out this year.
Up till the present writing, no freshmen
have gotten lost in the labyrinths of the
new building. It is said, however, that
they miss the boiler room.
32 THE ACORN
Como Park is very ,convenient for Field
Day. We feel almost as tho the park be-longed
to the school; it is so near and
freely accessible for our use.
Bethel Academy will close before the
seminary this year. The seminary began
one week later and closes one week later.
A vote of thanks was given by the stu-dent
body to the seminary faculty and stu-dents
for our pleasant stay in their build-ing.
The association was most pleasant
and the relationship most harmonious. It
is said that the seminary boys miss the
One of the advantages of the new build-ing
is the study room. Now every one can
use his vacant hours for study in quiet and
contentment, under the supervision of a
faculty member or "super-student."
Miss. Grace Palmquist and the Misses
Ruth and Olive Johnson are planning to
"make'' Kansas before the state conference
in that place.
Now may the Freshmen justly sing: "On
our toes you need not tread: There is
room enough for all. Give the little boys
Miss N.: What does it mean: "to go
thru fire and water for the service of
D. A. "It means that someone would
die for you."
E. I.: "Lester, you could get room for
another pair of feet in those tennis shoes."
L. W.: "Do you want to share them
Once there were two farmers each of
whom had a son. One farmer said to the
other: "I want my on to know every-thing
about tillage of the soil and how to
milk the cows, etc." The other said: "I
want my boy to know that also, but
would like to have him be able to do some-thing
that any calf can't beat him all to
Rev. Jacob Peterson addressed the stu-dent
body, May 13th, on the subject: "Bap-tist
Dr. Sweet of the Calvary Baptist Church
spoke on the subject: "Missions of the Ori-ent."
Rev. Gust. Johnson of the Swedish Mis-sion
Tabernacle, gave a very interesting
talk at the chapel exercises May 9th. His
theme was: "Preparedness to meet that day
when the Lord comes to take those who
have been preparing."
Dr. Jonas Larson, '17., gave a talk on:
"What Worry Causes."
Other Chapel visitors: Mr. Thunell '12,
Canada; Mr. Oscar Freed '11, U. of M.;
Prof. Harvey Stallard; Rev. Backiund,
former instructor at Bethel Academy; Rev.
Arlander, member of School Board; Rev.
Rev. D. E. Haglund, former instructor in
Bethel Academy, now pastor in New York,
visited the school last week.
Dr. Dean of the Northwestern Theolog-ical
Seminary in Chicago, gave us a most
inspiring address on May 23. He said,
among other things, that Gustavus Adolphus
goes hand in hand with Luther as a world
hero for righteousness.
Mingled with the music of the birds on
our campus, we hear the admonitions of
the plowmen to their horses, as they are
leveling off the grounds and making them
"nice." "That's like being on the farm,"
said a student from Dakota.
Miss Anna Larson won the first place
in the English preliminary declamatory
contest, and Mr. Conrad Carlson, in the
Swedish final contest.
Our school's display at the Auditorium
this week was one of the many ways in
which B. A. is becoming known. The
architect's model of the future campus
was pronounced very interesting.
"Just when we get a fine school, we
must leave," sighs the senior. Such is
life. Just when we get so we know a
little about life, we must die. The answer
to the first is the greater school of life;
the answer to the second is immortality.
Quite a number of the students are tak-ing
advantage of the Northern Baptist
Convention. When John D. Rockefeller's
pastor preached, Sunday morning, it was
noticed that they all took notes. And it
was a great sermon.
The latest move, on the part of tile
students, in the direction of the two hun-dred
thousand endowment, is to collect
all old magazines and newspapers and
sell them at from thirty-five to eighty
cents a hundred. The war has made paper
We have had the privilege of listening
to the following chapel speakers this year:
Rev. Antonson, St. Paul, Minn.
Rev. J. A. Erickson, Evanston,
Rev. Lagerquist, Omaha, Neb.
Rev. Scherstrom, Chicago, Ill.
Mr. A. B. Pierson, U. of M.
Dr. Kerfoot, Hamlin University.
Mr. Holtzman, Minneapolis.
Dr. A. Edstrom, Mounds Park Sanitarium,
Dr. Erdman, Professor at the U. of M.
Mr. 0. Freed, U. of M.
Mr. Herman, Minneapolis.
Miss Mead, Missionary from Japan,
Prof. J. N. Lenker, St. Paul.
Rev. E. E. Hall, Minneapolis, Minn.
Rev. Engbreck, Sweden.
Prof. Henry Wi•gblade, St. Paul.
Rev. Jacob Peterson, Minneapolis, Minn.
Rev. P. G. Nelson, Nebraska.
Dr. G. Arvid Hagstrom, St. Paul.
Dr. Ferne, Sweden.
Mr. Micon, Educational Secretary of the
Y. M. C'. A.
Mr. Coffin, Y. M. C. A., St. Paul.
Rev. Ekvall, China.
Mr. Smith, Chicago.
Mr. Tripp, Y. M. C. A., Minneapolis.
Mr. Saue, Minneapolis, Minn.
Rev. Calver, St. Paul.
Rev. Risinger, St. Paul.
Rev. Stormans, Montana.
Mr. Cross, St. Paul.
Prof. Rankin, U. of M.
Dr. John Earl, Des Moines College.
Rev. Lee Aldrich, Evangelist.
Rev. F'. P. Tolleen, Kentucky.
Mr. Huizingeo, Missionary from India.
Dr. Hodgeman, Macalester College.
Rev. Halden, Willmar, Minn.
Miss Esther Lindberg, Missionary from
Miss Sywhieadbeeorlgl,egfeo.rmer teacher of Adel-
Rev. Berg, Mora, Minn.
Rev. Holman, Minneapolis, Minn.
Miss Hagard, International Y. NI, C. A.
Dr. E. Sandell, Seminary Hall.
Mr. J. W. ThomSon,Ahrora, Ill.
Mrs. Salquist, Missionary from China.
Mr. T. J. Mears, St. Paul.
Rev. Ball, Minneapolis, Minn.
Dr. Gow, Minneapolis, Minn.
Dr. Harry N. Wilson, St. Paul.
Dr. H. T. Moore, - St. Paul.
Rev. Carl Vin.gren, Minneapolis, Minn.
Rev. John Swanson, St. Paul.
Rev. R. Arlander, S. D.
Rev. E. Lagerstrom, S. D.
Rev. X. Backlund, Nebraska.
Rev. Aldeen, Kansas .
Rev. C. J. Peterson, Lake Sarah, Minn.
State Missionary Anderson,
Dr. F. W. Sweet, Minneapolis.
At the annual business 'meeting of the
Missionary Band, held May 19, the follow-ing
officers were elected for the next
Mr. Linus Johnson, President.
Mr. Axel Anderson, Vice President.
Mr. David Mot erg, Secretary.
Mr. Conrad Carlson, Vice Secretary.
Miss Palm, Treasurer.
Miss Ruth Johnson, Pianist.
Miss Hulda Heglund, Asst. Pianist.
Mr. A. E. SjOlund, Song Leader.
The former officers of the Band wish the
new officers the best of success in the
'1 he spiritual condition of the school
rests, to a great extent, upon this society,
therefore, BOOST the same!
TI:e Student Volunteer Band has been
one of the leading organizations of the
school. They have had two meetings at
the Old Folks Home and a. meeting at the
At their annual meeting they elected
the following officers for the next school
year of 1916-17:
Alex Rexion, President.
Ruth Johnson, Vice President.
Lillian Osterberg, Secretary.
The Ministerial Student's Association of
Bethel Academy held its final business-meeting
on the ninth of May when officers
for the term of 1916-17 were elected.
Gust Gustayson was chosen as President;
Axel Anderson, Vice Pres.; Arthur Nelson,
Secretary and Treasurer; George Erickson,
Musical Director; Anton Sjolund Chorister;
David Moberg, Sargeant at Arms.
We wish the new officers a year of suc-cess.
The- class of 1917, consisting of fourteen
members, has chosen as their new motto:
"Facta non Verba." Their colors are to
be "Scarlet and Black."
As our motto is, in modern language:
"Deeds not words," we say no more.
Number thirteen is as good as any num-ber,
say the Sophomores.
Our class met and organized at the be-ginning
of the school year, but the eager
desire for knowledge on the part of the
members and the earnest zeal to spend
their time trying to pronounce the longest
words in the dictionary, have kept us
from meeting very often.
A sleigh ride party during the sub-zero
weather and a flower hunting expedition
quite recently, are some of the out of the
ordinary activities of our class.
Last, but not least, "the summer is ended
and the harvest is past." For the gallant
youths, who strove so persistently for the
hairy projection on a gentleman's face wer e
looked upon as a graceful goat of nature.
With a sigh of reluctance we say "adieu"
happy Sophomore days.
SWEDISH DECLAMATORY CONTEST.
The Swedish declamatory contest, held
at the Bethel Auditorium, May 20, was a
grand success. Besides the declamatory,
contest, Bergman's Orchestra entertained
us with their charming music. The prize
winners in the contest were, Conrad Carl-son,
first prize, and Agnetta Suntelt, sec-ond
After the program the Central Church
Philathia. Class served refreshments. "Man-gen
The school grounds are being leveled and
new cement walks laid down where needed,
so that when we return to Bethel this fall,
in company with brothers and sisters, roll-ing
lawns and level walks will greet our
FRESHMAN CLASS 1915-16.
The period of our Freshman year is
rapidly drawing to an end. It is with a
source of regret, as well as pleasure, we
face this fact. The year has been pleasant
and eventful and we feel that we have
passed a stage not to be entered upon again.
On the other hand we feel glad that some
progress has been made. We feel highly
honored in being the first Freshmen class
to enter the new Bethel Academy building.
Oh, the freshmen, some brave freshmen,
Have you heard their story told?
One, two three or probably more
Got an ide' big and bold.
They had heard that men of yore,
To their tender looks abate
And to make an impress great,
(Not on arched lips forsooth)
Cultivate a tender growth.
Now these freshmen, some brave freshmen,
Says the story which is told,
With a mighty purpose bore While the evening sun spread over,
Down on stores wnere tonic's sold. Her a glory, all new, revealed.
Soon on upper lips, though sore
From an oft repeated rubbing, A blue, as deep as the even's
Could be seen a little stubbing. And as fathomless tender too,
Then the little god of pride Like beams from a shaded haven
Seemed in freshmen shoes astride. Her dusky eyes shone through.
Well the freshmen, jejune freshmen, The golden sun, though dying,
Who were classmates of the bold, Still lingering with the day,
Once when they were all together, Could not desist applying
Trying to seem wise and old, The rose-tints, robbed from May.
Some one peeped, "Say, what's the matter
With those brethren over there, She bent her head to the blossoms
Why that curving shade of hair?
Of sweetly fragrant clover,
— — While deep from her filling bosom
All then said, though some with sorrow, A content sigh welled over.
Every freshman shaves tomorrow.
She stood there with joy atremble,
LOVE LIGHT. While, as best that I knew how,
She stood in the flowing clover
I tried with fingers tender
While her eyes roamed o'er the field, To milk—that Jersey cow.
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